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From Oxford 2002 to Oxford 2014: Portrait of a Great Journey for the Common Good

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The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”

Waterperry House, Oxford

Sunday 31 August- Thursday 4 September, 2014

Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)


Annual Conference Series

In association with

School of Economic Science


Waterperry House, Oxford


School of Economic Science is delighted to announce that it will host the 12th annual conference of Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative. This major global conference is being convened by Prof. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative and Mr. Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science.

“The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”

See GCGI 2014 Oxford Conference: Call for Presentation and Participation

The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”


Businesses, governments, institutions, and societies are experiencing ever-increasing complexity, multiple systemic challenges, unpredictability, volatility and constant change. Patterns of possibility and patterns of crises are emerging which are inter-connected and inter-dependent. Oneness and consciousness of individuals, organizations and whole-systems can transform crises into possibilities with lasting positive results.

We have important spiritual resources that can assist and guide us to overcome these crises, and create a better world of peace and universal brother/sisterhood. Throughout history spirituality and spiritual values have helped to sustain life, love and laughter in challenging life conditions. Our universal spiritual values will focus our minds on our common humanity and destiny. The renaissance of this traditional way of being ignites the heart of compassion and love for the common good into positive action.

This Conference will attempt to approach spirituality as a resource for renewal. Moreover, it will also approach nature as a source of wisdom and explore the potential of this vision for management theories and practices. As our mindset is currently so strongly imbued with materialistic and instrumental approaches to nature, we need to be challenged by radical ideas to disclose new horizons. The Conference will also attempt to help participants find answers to questions such as:

What is the relationship between the inner life of spirit and the outer life of service in the interest of the Common Good?

What spiritual values apply in economics, education, business, management and ecology?

How can the secular and sacred elements of life be better integrated to advance the common good?

How can the wisdom and insight gained through inner exploration be used to better our individual and collective health?

In short, how do we regain the basic values of a healthy society? How do we integrate the values of finance, business and economics, with those of families and communities? Can we discard market-fundamentalism, the false belief that market knows best, and begin to believe that “The market was made for human beings - not human beings to serve the market”? How can we discard the false values of modern economics and in the real understanding that the only things that have value in themselves are love, beauty and the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom?

Applying our common spiritual values as sources for renewal is, in large part, a matter of how this Conference hopes to respond to the economic, social, and ecological mandate now placed before us by the converging crises of our time. This is our moral assignment. As a matter of personal and societal responsibility, we can enter fully into reshaping economic policy and economic behaviour on behalf of the common good.

Details on how to submit abstracts, the selection procedure, accommodation, registration and fees will be provided in September 2013